Afghan cooking, wine tasting, hot sauce history—this week has something for everyone.
New York City Beer Week starts Friday; for a comprehensive listing of beer events during the week, head over to The Village Voice.
Friday (February 21)
NYC Beer Week Opening Night Bash Friday, February 21st, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Kick off New York City Beer Week with a party featuring 30 breweries from NYC and beyond. Admission gets you unlimited samples. 21+. $75. Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal, 89 E. 42nd Street, New York, NY; details.
Saturday (February 22)
Afghan Cooking with Nawida
Saturday, February 22nd, 1:00 p.m. through 6:30 p.m. Nawida was born in Kabul and has lived in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In this workshop, she will teach students to prepare traditional Afghani dishes, including dumplings and rice pilaf. $195. Rego Park, Queens; details.
Batchery Pop-Up Market
Saturday, February 22nd, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Batchery is bringing together about 15 local food producers for an afternoon market. Guests can sample and buy products while enjoying free hot chocolate and music. Free. Bat Haus, 279 Starr Street, Brooklyn, NY; details.
Monday (February 24)
Monday, February 24th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Master Sommelier Richard Betts, author of The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert, will be at Terroir discussing how to taste wines. The event will include a tasting of six wines. 21+. $30. Terroir Murray Hill, 439 3rd Avenue, New York, NY; details.
Monday, February 24th, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Dessert icon and book author Gina DePalma was the pastry chef at Babbo for 10 years. She left the restaurant after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2008. This event, which will feature a silent auction of cakes made by some of the city's leading pastry chefs, is a fundraiser for DePalma's medical expenses. $100. Otto Enoteca e Pizzeria, One 5th Avenue, New York, NY; details.
Tuesday (February 25)
Burnin' Down the Mouth: Sriracha, Ghost Peppers, and History of Heat
Tuesday, February 25th, 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Join Masters of Social Gastronomy for an exploration into the history and science of spicy food around the world. 21+. Free. Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn, NY; details.
Other Half Beer Dinner at Dinosaur Barbecue
Tuesday February 25th, 6 p.m. To celebrate the sixth annual beer week (February 21st - March 2nd), Dinosaur Barbecue in Brooklyn is teaming up with Red Hook brewery Other Half for a five-course dinner. Each course is paired with a different beer from Other Half. For the entree, Dinosaur is smoking a whole hog in their pits. $65. Call 347-429-7030 to reserve; 604 Union Street, New York, NY; restaurant website
Wednesday (February 26)
Saving Fulton Fish Market
Wednesday, February 26th, 6:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. The Fulton Fish Market is in danger of being torn down and replaced by a residential tower. In this event, authors Paul Greenberg and Mark Kurlansky and The New Amsterdam Market Founder Robert LaValva will discuss the market's past and present, and lay out strategies to keep it from being demolished. Free. Jefferson Market Library, 425 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY; details.
Thursday (February 27)
A Fork in the Road
Thursday, February 27th, 7:00 p.m.
Saveur editor-in-chief James Oseland will have a conversation with a selection of chefs and food writers about the most important food experiences of their lives. $26. 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY; details.
Friday (February 28)
Mi Borough: A Carnitas-Centered Meal @ Crow Hill Supper Club
Mission Cantina chef James Ramirez has lived and cooked across the world, from Sand Francisco to Tokyo. Join him for a meal of his secret-recipe carnitas, along with unlimited Singapore Slings and mezcal. Friday, February 28th, 7:00 p.m.
$55. Crow Hill Supper Club, 1235 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY; details.